• 2017 November 21 17:23

    Mathilde Maersk rescues stranded fishermen

    The Mathilde Maersk was on a routine voyage, until a crew member spotted a floating life raft. The five fishermen had been stranded for two days, but thanks to the crew’s skill and quick thinking, all survived, and were reunited with their families, the line shipping company said in a press release.
     
    Imagine being stranded in an inflatable life raft for 2 days in rough seas with dwindling supplies. This was the dire reality for five Hong Kong and Taiwanese fishermen whose fishing boat had sunk two days earlier in the South China Sea. Thanks to the quick thinking of the crew of the Mathilde Maersk and Captain Martin Hansen, these five fishermen have been safely reunited with their families.

    It was a routine voyage between Singapore and Yantian for the Mathilde Maersk. But on Friday, the 3rd of November 2017, approximately 170 miles south of Hong Kong, a crew member of the Mathilde Maersk spotted something out of the ordinary – a brightly orange coloured, life raft floating past.

    The Mathilde Maersk immediately informed the Hong Kong Marine Rescue Coordination Centre. Suspecting that some of their fellow seafarers were in trouble, the crew of the Mathilde Maersk turned around and headed back to look for the life raft and render assistance.

    The occupants of the life raft were in a dangerous situation.

    With sunset fast approaching and the persistent rough seas, Captain Martin Hansen, sensed the urgency of the situation. Ordinarily, the Captain would try to get the vessel’s own rescue boat in an optimal position for the rescue but the strong winds and 4-5 meter waves made this impossible.

    Captain Hansen, decided it would be safer to maneuver a 399-meter vessel rather than the rescue boat, bobbing in the waves. Considering the winds, waves, vessel dynamics and the safety of the crew of both vessels, Captain Hansen skillfully maneuvered the giant Mathilde Maersk in the perfect position, positioning the life raft right next to the gangway.

    “I didn’t think about the difficulty of maneuvering this huge vessel in tough conditions. It was the only option we had. It took some time, but in the end, it was achievable” said Captain Hansen.

    Once safely on board, the five fishermen told the crew that due to the rough seas, their engine malfunctioned and therefore they were unable to steer the vessel. Compounding their worrisome situation was the severe waves, which ultimately flooded the engine room, causing their vessel to sink.

    “The rescue was a team effort”
    After rescuing the fishermen, the crew of the Mathilde Maersk provided medical assistance, food and dry clothes for the seafarers, who were grateful of the support. The fishermen were relieved and happy, but also extremely tired after 48 hours in a life raft in rough seas.

    “This rescue was a team effort, where every member of the crew performed their role to the highest standard. Yes, I maneuvered the vessel in position, but the repairman spotted the life raft, the crew prepared the vessel, conducted the rescue safely and successfully and the galley crew provided food and other assistance once the fishermen were on board. I am very proud of my crew” said Captain Hansen.
    The five fishermen disembarked safely in Hong Kong a few days later.




2018 October 19

10:54 NOVATEK to place four FLNG facilities on the Northern Sea Route
10:31 RF Navy’s major amphibious ship Ivan Gren enters North Sea
10:07 Port of Vancouver closes 2018 cruise season
09:56 Brent Crude futures price up 0.4% to $79.61, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.35% to $68.89
09:38 Tackling maritime emissions - IMO rolls out ship and port toolkits
09:29 Expert forecasts more favorable ice situation on Northern Sea Route for 30 years ahead
09:15 Baltic Dry Index is up to 1,565 points
09:07 Hapag-Lloyd, CMA-CGM and COSCO enhance GEM service - covering Mediterranean with the Middle East / ISC
08:37 Samskip launches Netherlands-Italy multimodal rail service
08:07 SEA\LNG submits open comment on the draft supplemental environmental impact statement for Puget Sound LNG facility
07:20 Van Oord awarded offshore contract for the West White Rose Project

2018 October 18

18:03 VSDV opens new crossdock location in the port of Amsterdam
17:33 The first vessel in Klaveness Combination Carriers next generation of combination carriers named at New Yangzi Shipyard in China
17:17 Cargo transportation via Northern Sea Route can reach 17 million tonnes in 2018
17:03 Savannah container trade up 12 percent in September 2018
16:55 PGRK: sales strategy of Pavlovskoye deposit project is focused on foreign markets
16:33 SITC Logistics Group signs strategic cooperation agreement with Chengdu Port Investment Group and Guangzhou Port Logistics Group
16:03 NYK and Horiba to develop a new sulfur-in-oil analyzer for ships
15:34 Thames freight volume rises by 40% as Thames Vision strategy starts to bear fruit
15:33 Port of Rotterdam Authority and research institute TNO present results of the study at IMO meeting
15:31 Dublin Port volumes grow by 4.7% in first nine months. By year end, 36% growth in just six years
15:03 Chinese Lingang group invests 85 million euros in Zeebrugge inner port
14:47 Practical aspects of LNG bunkering to be discussed at the dedicated conference in Moscow on October 24
14:33 Nouryon, Tata Steel, and Port of Amsterdam partner to develop the largest green hydrogen cluster in Europe
14:24 Bunker prices may change irregular next week amid rising volatility on global fuel market, expert says
14:11 Tallink and Rauma marine constructions sign letter of intent for the construction of new shuttle ferry
14:02 VesselMan and DNV GL team up to offer optimized solution for dry-docking management
13:30 Project Forward paves the way for meeting IMO’s reduction on CO2 emissions
13:14 Equinor’s share saving plan allocates shares
13:02 Damen Shipyards Group and Abu Dhabi Ports sign contract for two Damen ASD Tugs 2411
12:52 Volumes transported by TransContainer’s flatcars and containers grew by 5.1% Y-o-Y to 1.38 million TEUs
12:43 Diana Shipping announces direct continuation of time charter contract for M/V Astarte with Glencore
12:40 Damen Shiprepair Oranjewerf adds three new certifications
12:30 Vympel Shipyard launches third coast guard boat of Project 1496М1, Lamantin, for FSB Border Guard Service
12:11 Equinor focuses NCS portfolio through sale of non-core discovery
11:51 Securitas Technology BV installing cameras in the Port of Rotterdam
11:28 HII starts fabrication of amphibious assault ship Bougainville (LHA 8)
10:55 Seafarers’ mental health is focus of new training programme offered free to mariners worldwide
10:51 RF Navy’s Pacific Fleet detachment to conduct exercise East China Sea
10:13 Ulstein secures contract for design of Jones Act compliant SOV vessel
09:58 Brent Crude futures price up 0.07% to $79.99, Light Sweet Crude – up 0.1% to $67.61
09:39 Myanmar officials trained in forming maritime transport policy
09:14 Baltic Dry Index is down to 1,554 points

2018 October 17

18:03 PGNiG and Venture Global LNG announce LNG Sales and Purchase Agreements for 2 million tonnes per year
17:46 The Freeport of Riga Authority continues to develop cooperation with China
17:22 Port Manatee enjoys record fiscal year with diverse growth
17:00 North Sea Port and Titan LNG successfully supply sea-going vessel with LNG fuel
16:55 33 LNG carriers and 8 gas condensate carriers with export cargo left port Sabetta in April-June 2018
16:24 Baku International Sea Trade Port launches two new tugboats
16:02 Hapag-Lloyd announces General Rate Increase for East Asia to Mexico, Central America, West Coast of South America, Caribbean & Panama trade
15:46 New BIMCO & IBIA Bunkering Guide available
15:23 NOVATEK and Fluxys plan to build an LNG terminal in Rostock
15:02 NYK develops original software that diagnoses combustion chamber problems
14:40 RF Government allocates RUB 8.4 billion for the Far East development
14:21 Scorpio Bulkers announces time charter-out agreements
14:03 CMA CGM implements Empty Repositioning Surcharge for exports from all Turkish ports
13:32 Ørsted contracts Van Oord for cable installation Borssele I & II
13:21 Throughput of Ukraine’s seaports in 9M’18 fell by 1.7% Y-o-Y to 95.9 million tonnes
13:04 CMA CGM to introduce new BAF on Asia-Africa trade
12:30 GTT and Dongsung Finetec sign a Memorandum of Understanding